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The Chang’e 5 pair of satellites have arrived in the lunar orbit to retrieve the samples from the moon to Earth

The Chinese satellites that had left to retrieve the samples collected from the moon have docked in the lunar orbit, ready to receive the samples. The China Lunar Exploration Program revealed that the Chang’e space vehicle and spacecraft have already arrived at the lunar orbit as anticipated. This mission will be the first in four decades, and it is hoped that the scientists can return the samples collected for laboratory analysis. 

The Chang’e mission deployed last month marked China’s third mission to the moon. The space vehicle gathered about two kilograms of samples before leaving for Earth on December 3rd. The Chinese engineers narrated that it was their first experience collecting samples robotically. The associate designer of the Chang’e 5 missions from the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), Peng Jing, explained to the Chinese media that the operations conducted in space that have been successful are the Apollo program that successfully entered the lunar orbit and fired back to Earth. Nevertheless, he added that they look forward to sending a crewed mission to the moon compete Apollo or become the first mission with humans from the country while preparing for the Martian missions. 

Peng articulated that these two missions will be controlled simultaneously with a 5-centimeter difference of control for the two missions. Nevertheless, the two teams hope that the mission will be successful. The engineers confirmed that they have automated the spacecraft’s communication system heading to orbit and the control center on Earth. 

CAST announced that the success of the mission would inspire the dispatch of astronauts heading for the lunar mission. The director of the China National Space Administration’s Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center, Liu Ran, enumerated that these missions will be creating a technological bridge for the dispatch of more missions for deep space exploits. 

However, the samples will not be heading directly to Earth but will remain in the lunar orbit for close to one week to revamp the engines’ power before leading back to Earth. The program manager noted that the spacecraft is coming from the moon to approach Earth at a supersonic speed. Therefore, the Chang’e 5 module would have to bump into the atmospheric covering to slow down the Earth. In conclusion, the engineers noted that the covered samples would head to the laboratories for scientific tests to understand the features of the moon and its composition.

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